Interview: Jon Larsen from Volbeat


Since the last time we saw Volbeat in Cincinnati, they have blown up in the US with their tour with Megadeth and Motorhead. They are a premier and first-class European Metal band that is sweeping North America by storm playing coast to coast. They have been touring on the album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven for a couple years now and are set for another run this summer.

Amy spoke with band drummer Jon Larsen to get everybody ready for their set at Rock on the Range. The two discussed the evolution of the band in the short time since they were last seen in Ohio. They will be taking the stage at Rock on the Range in Columbus along with the rest of the best acts in Metal and Rock music.

Amy: I know you guys just got off the Gigantour Tour. Did you have any crazy Motorhead or Megadeth stories along the way?

Jon: No not really actually, not really any interesting stories to tell. We got along fine with both camps and everybody was in high spirits. I think it was definitely a great tour for all.

Amy: Rock on the Range is always a crazy time in Columbus. What are you looking forward to about the show and are you looking forward to seeing any other bands there?

Jon: Oh yeah, I am always looking forward to seeing Anthrax. We like to hang out with those guys.  We have hung out with them a few times. We don’t know Zombie or Manson but Anthrax is gonna be cool.

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Volbeat: Makes Fans Happy

Gigantour 2012
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Paul Weber

Volbeat is:
Michael Poulsen
Anders Kjølholm
Jon Larsen

Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

Volbeat is the perfect balance of metal and rockabilly. The music screams heavy metal while Michael Poulsen’s vocals are deeply embedded in the rockabilly genre.  Since The Dead Hub last covered Volbeat, more and more people are picking up on this Danish trio of metal goodness.  It was apparent last night as Lacuna Coil ended their set and the crowd was prepping for Volbeat to take the stage. Volbeat was the only thing on the fans lips.

As Volbeat hit the stage fans chanted Volbeat over and over and it was so loud that it cut right through the intro music. The crowd was fully energized as the sound of thunder rolled in as the bass drum driven “Warrior” started to play.  Shortly after “Warrior” Michael pointed out that this was the first time the band played Milwaukee’s icon music venue, The Rave.  The Rave is an old auditorium theater that has hosted thousands of iconic rockers. If you’re looking for the House of Blues feel, it’s not here.  Michael pointed out, “It’s a bit creepy spooky in here!”

Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

The energy of the night reached breaking point at “Sad Man.”  The mosh pits and crowd surfing were just forming, and up to this point,it had been pretty tame for metal show. Michael dedicated “Sad Man” to the late Johnny Cash.  He even changed his vocal styling to reflect Johnny’s in the first verse.  After the first verse it was all Volbeat style and the crowd sang the chorus. It was mighty impressive; even Michael stopped and couldn’t stop saying “WOW.”  It didn’t take long for the guys to transition right into “Goat” and get the crowd’s blood flowing again as he egged them on with, “Do you want this?”

The tone was slowed down as Michael dedicated “Fallen” to his father, the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer, and to anyone who’s lost someone. Michael thanked the fans several times throughout the night for their constant support.  He also pointed out how crazy the crowd was several times. The band seemed most impressed at the sheer enthusiasm the crowd reflected back to them.

Volbeat pretty much ruled the night and injected a healthy dose of metal into the crowd’s blood.  Based on the beaming faces onstage and action on the floor Volbeat won the crowd and made some new fans last night in Milwaukee.

Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The RaveSetlist:

Guitar Gangster
Sad Man
Who They Are
Pool of Booze
Still Counting

Need more Volbeat action? Read Amy Harris’ interview with Michael Poulsen here and for more concert photos check out!

Photos from Volbeat’s set at The Rave in Milwaukee:

Volbeat went Beyond Hell/Above Heaven to Bring Chicago to its Knees

House of Blues-Chicago, IL


Volbeat is:
Michael Poulsen – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Anders Kjølholm – bass guitar, backing vocals
Jon Larsen – drums, percussion
Thomas Bredahl – lead guitar, backing vocals

After being at the House of Blues last week, I saw that Volbeat would be playing with The Damned Things and could not miss this show. Never seeing either band live before, my first impression was why is Volbeat headlining over The Damned Things? Now knowing they are big overseas, were certified platinum in their home country Denmark, and have opened for Metal/Rock gods Metallica and AC/DC it makes more sense. They are still have not reached the success in the USA as they deserve, but they are out on tour now to prove they will be a force to be reckoned with.

It is very hard to pinpoint what genre of rock music Volbeat is – be it Metalbilly mixed with sounds of the Stray Cats on steroids or Metallica without the intricate guitar work or solos, or even Johnny Cash on meth doing a metal album. I dare you to pigeon hole them.

The latest release, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, is their 4th studio album and gives them enough material to fill a 1 ½ hr plus set. Drummer Jon Larsen came out with sticks in the air to sit on his double bass drum kit and the crowd roared their approval, as the rest of the group ripped into “The Human Instrument.”  They transitioned to, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” not allowing the crowd to settle down to and you could feel the floor moving up and down, as everyone bounced. With the twin guitar attack filling the air with that thick, distinct Gibson guitar sound, they continued with “Heaven Nor Hell.” Lead singer, Poulsen looked like a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie played to the crowd. Even though they are still new to touring the U.S., they played like the veterans they are.

Lead guitar player, Bredahl, and bass player, Kjolholm, took turns going from one side of the stage to the other and at times, bumping into each other and spinning around laughing as they bounced away.  As much fun as the band and the crowd were having, you could not help but feel like you were watching a band about to make its mark on the music scene.

As I walked around the venue, I bumped into the guitar player for the metal band, Dirge Within and we both talked about how amazing this band was and he told me how they bring such a fresh sound to metal scene. I made me realize that for a band that’s been around for close to ten years, the music can still sound new.

As Volbeat ended the night they did a cover of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want to Be with You.” I mean what metal band do you know can get away with this and still look badass?

Volbeat will be touring for another month in the States before heading back home to Denmark, along with some big festivals overseas and according to Bredahl and Larsen; they want to come back in the summer time.

If you’re looking for something different from all the tours out there now, then you won’t want to miss a beat in seeing VOLBEAT.

The Human Instrument
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Heaven Nor Hell
A Moment Forever/Hallelujah Goat
Radio Girl
The Mirror And The Ripper
Sad Man’s Tongue
Mary Ann’ s Place
16 Dollars
Mr. & Mrs. Ness
Still Counting
Who They Are
Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza/Boa (JDM)
I Only Wanna Be With You

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written by Peter Lizano

Lee Rocker Announces NYC Solo Show and Sitting’ In Jam Session with Million Dollar Quartet


JANUARY 21, 2011:


JANUARY 30, 2011:

FEBRUARY 3, 2011:


January 20, 2011: In addition to his upcoming 12-show run with the hit Broadway Musical Million Dollar Quartet, (beginning January 21st), Lee Rocker announces a special on-stage jam session with Million Dollar Quartet during his final performance with the show Sunday, January 30 at the Nederlander Theatre. These jam sessions, billed as “Sittin’ In With The Band,” feature select musicians – the best of the best. Past “Sittin’ In” performances include Jerry Lee Lewis, Lesley Gore and Melissa Etheridge.

Rocker will also treat NYC fans to a free celebration of his favorite tracks, as well as fan favorites February 3rd at Rockwood Music Hall, set time 8pm. The show features classicStray Cats hits like “Rock this Town,” “Stray Cat Strut,” “Bring it Back Again” and “Sexy and Seventeen.”  Rocker also performs slamming renditions of songs of other musical icons like Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and The Beatles.  Joined by guitarist Buzz Campbell, guitarist/slide player Brophy Dale and San Francisco’s maestro session drummer Jimmy Sage, Rocker delivers an incredible concert experience.


Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated,The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly to the top of the charts. Rocker releases a new EP, “The Cover Sessions,” March 2011.


Broadway and Sittin’ In performances: Nederlander Theatre, 208 West 41st Street, NYC.

Rockwood Music Hall: 196 Allen Street, NYC

Reel in this “Cast Off”

The Gentle Guest
Cast Off Your Human Form
Amble Down Records

One of the more interesting elements weaving through the music of The Gentle Guest is there is a whiff of Delta and dose of Americana – but somehow some old fashion punk-rock sensibilities slipped into the Petri dish. [Read more…]

New Wanda Jackson Album, Produced by Jack White, Out Jan. 25, 2011

Wanda JacksonThe Party Ain’t Over
Produced by Jack White
(Third Man/ Nonesuch Records – January 25th 2011)

Third Man and Nonesuch Records announce the release of the new album from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.  The Party Ain’t Over, produced by her friend Jack White, will be out January 25, 2011.

With a remarkable career that began in 1955, Jackson, credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock and roll song – “Let’s Have a Party” in 1958 – was convinced by her friend Elvis Presley to cross over from country to rock and rockabilly music. Now known around the globe as “The Queen Of Rock” and “The First Lady Of Rockabilly,” Jackson will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Americana Music Awards in Nashville tonight, September 9th. The award – in the category of Performance – will be presented to her by Jack White.   [Read more…]

Ray lights it up again!

Ray Lamontagne
And the Pariah Dogs
God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise
Sony Music

Ray Lamontagne is a genius in the purest form of the word. His music transcends labels – his persona is low enough on the radar as to not invite the tabloids into his personal life  yet his new disc – “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” somehow managed to debut at #3 on the charts this week.

He is more than a singer songwriter – he is a craftsman creating moods and sharing thoughts through impeccable  lyric writing and a deft hand at creating a melody suited for his – the most lonesome and troubled voice this side of Roy Orbison. [Read more…]

Imelda May kicks off US Tour, performs live on WNYC Soundcheck TODAY and appears on the Sundance Channel!

Since her show stopping performance with Jeff Beck for the Les Paul tribute on the Grammys,
Imelda May is the Irish rockabilly belter that everyone has been talking about!
Check out their performance of “How High The Moon” HERE.

Her first State-side show was last night in Brooklyn (streamed live on East Village Radio)
and tonight she joins label mate Jamie Cullum for their series of March dates! Full dates below!
Today she performs live on WNYC’s Soundcheck – Listen live at 2pm EST HERE!

Tomorrow night Imelda May can be seen on the Sundance Channel’s “Live From Abbey Road.”
Featuring musicians discussing influences, inspirations and artists come to music,
Imelda May discusses her love for rock and roll and rockabilly saying,
“I love the grit of it, the rawness and the passion of it, it really gets me.”
Tune in tomorrow to hear the rest!

Check out Imelda’s intimate interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition: Listen HERE!

“Irish singer Imelda May is a walking, talking, singing embodiment of the 1950s. She wears leopard-print sweaters, tight bad-girl jeans and her hair in a ponytail. Her bangs are curled into a tight roll, known in England as a “quiff.” Although May has won numerous awards in 2009, her music harks back to a style that was popular in the ’50s: rockabilly.“- NPR named Love Tattoo one of the Outstanding ’09 Albums You Might Have Missed

Check out the video for her frisky single “Johnny Got A Boom Boom” HERE!

Grab the MP3 of “Johnny Got A Boom Boom” HERE!

Check out her performance of “Johnny Got A Boom Boom” on Jools Holland HERE!

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Hey! Hey! It’s the Love Willows! (At Last)

The Love Willows
Hey! Hey!
Decca Records
Tentative Release Date: 1/27/2009

Many artists consider getting signed by a major label a huge milestone that gets them set for life. Try having that glory taken away as the label goes through “management changes” and firings, as Virgin did, and as Hope Partlow of The Love Willows experienced first hand. By the age 16 she was signed by Virgin just to have it all taken away–she had to start back at square one.

Today she paired up with Ryan Wilson, who plays guitar and produced their debut album, “Hey! Hey!” which has a tentative release date of 1/27/09. When I say “paired up”, I mean it was an immediate chemistry between the two. Hope says about the new album, “It’s a product of what we’ve gone through as a couple, the battles and the glories; everything that’s happened in the past few years.”

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The Love Willows: “Almost” There

This is an introduction to a new band that I’m really enjoying, The Love Willows. They have a very poppy sound and they remind me of the feel good music like The Beach Boys. Take a look for yourself in the video embedded below. I’ll be reviewing the album in the next week, so stay tuned!


Decca to Release Debut Album by Atlanta Singer/Songwriter Duo on October 28

Los Angeles, CA (July 30, 2008) – The Beach Boys harmonized about having “Fun, Fun, Fun.”  Cyndi Lauper insisted that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”  Now an Atlanta duo wants audiences to climb into that giant colorful teacup at the park and take a spin through Hey! Hey! (Decca), the unabashedly upbeat debut album of The Love Willows – a.k.a. singer Hope Partlow and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Wilson – due for release October 28.

Hey! Hey!, with all of its tracks written by Partlow and Wilson, produced and engineered by Wilson, and recorded in the attic studio of Wilson’s parents’ home outside of Atlanta, is an emotional chronicle of their relationship told through a pop/rockabilly sound.  “It’s all about fetishes, love and hate,” says Partlow.  “It’s a product of what we’ve gone through as a couple, the battles and the glories, everything that’s happened in the past few years.”

The tunes are brightly colored, like Hope Partlow and Ryan Wilson when they perform live, yet their accessibility belies a sense of inventiveness and, oftentimes, subtle sophistication.  The first single, “Falling Faster,” is mid-tempo romantic narrative, while “A Day in My Life” reveals their sly complexity, with Hope’s enthusiastic vocals layered over sonic themes which embrace pop conventions as they tip a hat to both Irving Berlin and Brian Setzer.  “Strut My Stuff,” featured on the season finale of “The Real World: Hollywood,” is a quirky tune with a music-box riff throughout, while “Shoes,” a tribute to soul over soles, is equal pop and polka.  Other tracks are more straight-ahead, from the punchy “Gotta Make You Mine” to the encouragement of “Keep Your Head Up.”

Memphis native Hope Partlow released her first solo album through Virgin Records at sixteen and toured with the likes of Jesse McCartney.  Ryan Wilson grew up in Atlanta, playing in local bands until auditioning as a guitarist for Partlow’s touring band a half-dozen years back.  They currently live, write and record together in Atlanta.

For more information on The Love Willows visit

The Rockabilly Comeback of the Year: The Guana Batz

Guana Batz logo

Rockabilly is a fairly new genre for me. Rockabilly has been around since the 50’s. It has taken shape in the forms of Brain Setzer, The Guana Batz, and Social Distortion. So What is Rockabilly? Rockabilly is a cross between African American blues and R&B mixed with British-American country music. One might be turned off by the definition, but it is high-energy music that keeps the crowd moving. One British Rockabilly band that is making a comeback this year is the Guana Batz.

The Guana Batz formed in 1983 in Feltham, England. The band continued to perform live until 1990 when they broke up. They went through several different bass players and drummers in their history and members even moved to Southern California from their home country England. I caught up with the front man of the group, Pip Hancox, to get the lowdown on a new album, touring (new tour dates just announced!) , the new drummer and the music industry.

Pip at Wiltern

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One thing I learned in 2007; Rockabilly. During this past year I have been getting more into the kustom car scene and where there are car shows there are rock shows.
Before we had Rock n’ Roll there was Rockabilly. Before Country and Rock n’ Roll split into their own genres there was Rockabilly. From what I have been told Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis could be considered Rockabilly.

But it doesn’t stop there! The list goes on and on, punkabilly “gothabilly”.

There is even Psychobilly! Picture the crowd full of guys in slicked back hair, cuffed jeans, driving their creepers, girls wearing high heels and pompadour bangs. Psychobilly is like surfer Rockabilly, almost like The Beach Boys meets Korn.

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